Data Can Open College Doors for Disadvantaged Kids


by Jeff Bradach
From the Harvard Business Review Blog Network
This piece talks about using data collection to demonstrate the outcomes of programmes, particularly nonprofits looking to increase college enrollments in the States.
“But data collection doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door. Ultimately, College Summit wants to measure its long-term impact. That means tracking students’ experience in college. Gathering that data proved to be a major challenge. It isn’t easy to follow students once they’ve left the program and to extract data from multiple colleges and universities. But it’s worth the effort. In a 2010 nationwide survey by Deloitte, 92% of high school principals and teachers said that having data on students’ academic performance in college was critical to evaluating the effectiveness of high school curriculum and teaching. But only 13% said they actually receive such information.”
Read the piece here

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